I am the proud daughter of Haitian immigrants

I am the proud daughter of Haitian immigrants
I wrote this essay when the earthquakes happened in Haiti on January 12, 2010; 8 years ago today. “I am Haitian: second generation: one hundred percent. My parents have inhabited this country for forty-five years but they are Haitian to their core. Not an ounce of them reads American. Their accents are strong, their French... Read more »

6 teaching artists of color from Chicago's theatre community

I recently came across an ad for a panel discussion consisting of leading casting directors in Chicago. It was a prestigious panel with participants who have earned their status and have a great deal to offer professionals in the industry. It was also an all White panel. I was discouraged. I am a Black actress, writer... Read more »

Oprah, Oprah, Oprah, Oprah

Oprah, Oprah, Oprah, Oprah
Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. Since I was a kid. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. Every stage of my life. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. Every stage of her life. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. The Color Purple. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. Maya Angelou. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. Live your best life. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. Touchstone. Oprah. Oprah.... Read more »
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Meghan Markle is giving up too much for Prince Harry

Meghan Markle is giving up too much for Prince Harry
I was excited about Meghan Markle: an American actress, who is older, divorced and bi-racial  marrying Prince Harry. I was ready to plunge full-body into the fairy tale but I’m having second thoughts. I’m all for embracing the unexpected when it comes to finding your signifiant other. I wrote a book about how I married a... Read more »

I tried to defend Omarosa Manigault but I just can't

I tried to defend Omarosa Manigault but I just can't
I was going to try and defend Omarosa Manigault the soon to be if not already former member of Trump’s administration. The reality star who Trump “fired” on Season 1 of the Apprentice was hired by Trump to help “get the Black vote” during the election. Once he was elected she became Director of Communication... Read more »

I'm so excited about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

I'm so excited about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry is engaged to actress Meghan Markle and I’m so excited I just can’t hide it. I’m not a “royal watcher” per se. I watched Princess Di’s wedding and her funeral. I watched Prince William’s nuptials to Kate Middleton. I watch Princess Diana documentaries pretty much whenever they are on and I’ve been meaning to... Read more »
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A kiss is not just a kiss

A kiss is not just a kiss
Do you remember in 2003 when Adrian Brody won Best Actor for The Pianist and it was a total surprise and he got up on stage and kissed the presenter Halle Berry full on the mouth in a Hollywood-style dip? It was a moment. The whole audience cheered him on. The next day I cut... Read more »

5 things I've done since Trump got elected

I wasn’t surprised that Trump won the election. I had a feeling of dread leading up to November 8, 2016. Pantsuit Nation; a Facebook group started to celebrate Hilary Clinton’s “pending win” kept popping up in my feed with pictures of folks dressed in pantsuits flashing “I Voted” stickers . I did not feel encouraged.... Read more »

5 ways to undo racism

Yesterday I reported on falling into a vortex of White privilege over the weekend. I’m still recovering but there is more to report. I was added to a Facebook group that had the intention of pooling together women in theatre to network and build community. A Latinx woman in the group made a request that... Read more »
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I fell into a White privilege vortex and lived to tell about it

This past weekend I fell into a White Privilege vortex and now I’m on the other side ready to report my findings in a series of posts. First let’s define some terms: White Privilege:  “An invisible package of unearned assets, which I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was ‘meant’... Read more »